“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful”
Think of yourself as the branch. In the passage there are two different types of branches, the one that bears much fruit and the one that bears no fruit. I would hope that we are all the branch that bears fruit.( The branch of which shares the joys and Love of God. The one that bears the best fruit and the best fruit where the Gardener ( God ) will be happy to pick.
In this passage Jesus was focussing on Judas Iscariot. This was focused on him because he had just left Jesus to go to the Pharisees and Jews to help them catch Jesus. Jesus was talking about Judas because he was an, “Outward” disciple but he wasn’t an, “Inward” disciple.
An, “Outward” disciple, is to say that we are a disciple of Jesus and that we need we tell others we are a disciple they don’t abide in Jesus. An, “Inward” disciple is a disciple that abides in Jesus, prayers, and believe and has Faith in Jesus with all there, heart, soul, mind and strength.
We all need to bear fruit. And we are all pruned. We are not cut down completely just the undesirable part of us such as sin and evilness. He takes away all that disconnects us from him.
Belonging to the vine, means we are nourished. Our soul is nourished by the vine, by the word. We need to take part in the Great mystery of our lord, and get nourished. We can make better fruit when we are nourished by God.